Flames and TN Stars coach Meke Mwase has admitted that his absence at the club is negatively affecting the Kasungu-based outfit’s performance in the TNM Super League.
Mwase has hardly been available for his club since the league kicked off and the outfit currently lies second from the bottom of the 16-team log-table with a single point from three games.
The team might continue to miss his services as the Flames regroup for camping this weekend in preparation for the second-leg of African Nations Championships (Chan) qualifiers against e-Swatini at home on May 11.
“My absence has indeed affected the club although other factors such as management issues are also to blame,” he said.
When asked what he would do to balance the equation to ensure both the national team and his club benefit from his technical abilities, the former Flames defender said it was difficult to give a proper response as he is caught between a rock and a hard place.
“It is every coach’s dream to grow in his career. However, it is important for my club and FAM [Football Association of Malawi] to map the way forward. I am interim coach for the Flames and it is up to FAM to say whether I would be a permanent national team coach or I should return to my club,” he said.
Nevertheless, Mwase yesterday said he is currently with his club in preparation for this weekend’s league fixtures.
FAM general secretary Alfred Gunda yesterday said Mwase’s efficiency at both national team and his club depends on proper planning of his work.
“Mwase is a national team coach on part-time basis and we do not expect his national team assignments to affect his club duties,” he said.
“FAM gave him an interim position as Flames coach as, and, when his services will be required. When there is a national assignment, he plans and executes it and return to his club when there are no assignments. What matters most is for him to have good planning.”